We’re the Box Car Kids. Remember them? Four spunky, resourceful orphaned kids and their dog living in an abandoned train boxcar in the woods? The first book was published in 1924. Fast forward nearly 100 years and that’s us. Only we don’t live in an abandoned train car; we live in a 26-foot travel trailer- Mom, 4 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. We’re part of history – just another family touched (if you call being drop-kicked into an abyss being touched) by the Great Recession of the 21st Century. I’m unemployed – laid off this past summer as part of an ‘overhead reduction’ – and some people (the school system for instance) consider us homeless. I prefer ‘alternatively housed.’ Homeless was the 2 months this summer that we spent living in a tent in various parks and campgrounds. This is our story.

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